Friday, February 5, 2016

Multiple "Tree" movies create forest of confusion

No, it's not Arbor Day, but between "The Tree of Life," "The Tree" and several other woodsy titles, moviegoers may be getting confused.

Multiple “Tree” movies create forest of confusion

Charlotte Gainsbourg climbs a tree.
Charlotte Gainsbourg climbs a tree.

OK, there’s The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick’s cinematographically rapturous, thematically cosmic, chronologically momentous art house hit – destined for Academy Award nominations and critics’ year-end best lists. (Can Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain be nominated for what are essentially dialogue-less performances? Does chin-flexing and lip-quivering translate to best actor and actress nods?)

And then there’s The Tree, a more-modest but similarly themed Australian-French production (both The Tree of Life and The Tree pivot on the death of a loved one) in which Charlotte Gainsbourg is grieving badly and little Morgana Davies (as her daughter) steals every scene she’s in. The Tree, from Julie Bertuccelli, and The Tree of Life are both playing on Ritz screens right now.   

There’s also an Indian film called The Tree (or Kalpvriksh), about five kids who try to save their wishing tree from being cut down, released a few months ago.

And let’s not forget Urban Roots, a documentary about urban farming, that will get its first area screening on September 20 at Dock Street Brewery in West Philly. The name of the production company that produced Urban Roots? Tree Media. The show starts at 9 p.m., and Dock Street will donate $1 per beer sold to help teach city school kids about farming. The donations go through the Tree Foundation.

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

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